Resso escapes expanded India ban on Chinese-linked apps
The Indian government isn’t done yet with its crackdown on mobile apps of Chinese origin. The bans that started with 59 apps including TikTok in June added another 118 apps in September, and now 43 more have been...
November 27, 2020
Big Hit Entertainment opens Weverse app to UMG artists
Weverse is the app being used by now-public K-Pop giant Big Hit Entertainment to connect its artists with fans – BTS included. Now the company is opening up the platform to western artists, starting with a partnership with...
November 26, 2020
Former Musical·ly president invests in Gen-Z social app F3
What’s the next TikTok? It’s almost certainly not going to be an app hailed by lots of journalists as the next TikTok, judging by history: very few people saw Musical·ly (that app’s forerunner) coming....
November 25, 2020
Tones and I set for Roblox Splash appearance and sound pack
Last week, we updated you on Roblox music creation app Splash, which has now been used by more than 21 million people. Created by startup Popgun, Splash’s twist has always been that its beats and loops were created...
November 24, 2020
TikTok generated $115m of user spending in October 2020
The latest estimates for the monthly smartphone apps are out from research firm Sensor Tower, and there’s no change at the top of the top-grossing non-game apps list for October. TikTok generated $115m of user spending...
November 5, 2020
Deezer encourages pirate app users to switch to official version
It may seem strange that people try to use music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer through unofficial apps, when there’s not even a subscription barrier to entry for the official ones. Getting premium features...
October 26, 2020
Major labels target Apple in Russia over iOS piracy apps
It's been a while since we've seen public tensions in the west between music rightsholders and Apple over piracy apps – Apple's involvement being as the owner of the store through which those apps are distributed. According...
October 8, 2020
Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich launch Station Rotation app
Between them, Danger Mouse and Nigel Godrich have well-earned reputations for their musical and production skills. How will they fare as app entrepreneurs though? We're going to find out: the pair have teamed up to launch...
October 7, 2020
Smule adds Snapchat lenses to its AutoRap music app
Music apps firm Smule is the latest company to use the Snap Camera Kit launched by Snapchat’s parent company. Smule has integrated it into its AutoRap app, which lets people choose beats, rap over the top and share the...
October 6, 2020
Spotify could face an Apple-style payments fight with Google
With recent app store controversies involving Spotify and Epic Games, the focus has been squarely on Apple and its App Store, even though the Fortnite publisher also has issues with Google and its Google Play store. Spotify's...
September 29, 2020
Tools: Zebr. Send Music to Influencers
Zebr originally started out as a new music discovery channel on Instagram and TikTok – and is now making an interesting move into influencer marketing. Zebr’s new app allows artists and their representatives to submit...
September 28, 2020
BPI and Music Ally event on music, wellbeing and technology
There are a lot of exciting things happening around music, wellbeing and fitness in 2020: from artists working with meditation services like Calm and Headspace, to the growth of Peloton and other fitness startups who make...
September 24, 2020